• Producers gather for Gold Coast conference

    The Screen Producers Association of Australia is having its annual conference at the Sheraton Mirage on the Gold Coast once again. Film and TV producers from Australia have gathered to exchange ideas, pitch concepts and listen to keynote speeches that seek to inspire them all (when they’re not in the bar or by the pool […]

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  • Networks announce Electronic Programme Guide

    Like a slumbering bear, the commercial Free To Air networks seem to have finally awoken from hibernation to the rapidly expanding digital age and announced an FTA electronic program guide (EPG). Channels Nine and TEN will be transmitting data by as early as next Monday. Seven will join from January 1st. Prime and NBN will […]

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  • Seven slaps injunction on Chaser

    Two incidents, one in Sydney and another in Brisbane, saw the team from The Chaser questioned by police again yesterday. Chas Licciardello and Andrew Hansen gatecrashed Channel Seven in Sydney yesterday, barging their way into the offices of Today Tonight. The fracas led to “a feisty debate between Chas Licciardello and a Today Tonight reporter […]

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  • TV Bloggers join strike

    TV Bloggers (yes my American counterparts) will strike today (Nov 13: USA) in support of the Writer’s Strike. “As fellow writers and as TV fans, we are coming together to express our strong support for the writers and their goals. We believe that when a writer’s work makes money for a company, that writer deserves […]

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  • NZ sponsors pull ads from Californication

    It’s ended its controversial run in Australia, but Californication has just started in New Zealand. And already it’s causing debate in the land of the long white cloud. Cadbury, Flight Centre, Ferrit, Burger King, CRC and Finish have all asked their ads not be played during the show. “We were unaware of the explicit nature […]

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  • Soap writers prepare to cross picket lines

    As Day 8 of the WGA strike ended there appeared to be cracks, at least from daytime television, who are vastly different to the solidarity demonstrated by primetime writers. Even prior to the strike some daytime soaps have barely been hanging on. Days of Our Lives is in such predicament, it may not be renewed […]

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  • Do yourself a favour

    If you missed the arena tour of Countdown 2 fear not, it’s coming to the ABC. Performers in the spectacular include Rick Springfield, Martha Davis of The Motels, Doug Fieger of The Knack, Les McKeown of The Bay City Rollers, Samantha Fox, Kate Ceberano, Supernaut, The Radiators, Sharon O’Neill, Paul Gray of Wa Wa Nee […]

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  • Murdoch disinterested in Ten

    Rupert Murdoch said News Limited would not be buying the TEN Network, calling the price “unjustifiable.” At a shareholder’s meeting held in Adelaide the chairman was also unfazed by the writer’s strike. Murdoch runs the FOX Network in the US. “In a sense it helps us,” he said. “It’s cheaper to run repeats but some […]

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  • Dawn rises on new-look Sunrise site

    There still aren’t many Australian television shows that have fully comprehended the power of having an ongoing, updated web presence. Too many networks just register one site that sits idle with little maintenance. So it’s encouraging to see Sunrise has just revamped its site promising it to be updated “round the clock.” Having partners in […]

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  • Damages gets 2 more seasons

    Critically acclaimed FX drama Damages has been give the greenlight for two more seasons. Glenn Close, Rose Byrne and Tate Donovan have all re-signed with the drama. There was no guarantee that Damages would get a go ahead. Ratings in the US have followed a similar downward trend as in Australia, troubled by so much […]

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  • Strike lands Prison Break in solitary

    If you thought the US Writer’s Strike wasn’t having any immediate affect in Australia think again. Seven had planned to screen new episodes of Prison Break through the summer season. But with the strike putting question marks over all our favourite shows, Seven has had to re-think its summer programming. A Seven spokesperson has confirmed […]

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  • BB nominations changes

    Reports today that the Monday edition of Big Brother will be scrapped next year as part of the show’s revamp. It is understood radio commitments for Kyle Sandilands will limit his involvement.“I do know that there will be a whole heap of changes, and Kyle will absolutely not be as heavily involved as Gretel was […]

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